Environmentalism: A Catholic Living in Excess (Part 2)

by Josée

Read Part 1 here.

I’m often overwhelmed by how quickly stuff accumulates in our home. But, I have to admit that I do contribute to this problem. I don’t go and buy many of the latest trends but I do enjoy checking out thrift stores and garage sales. You can find a lot of great inexpensive stuff second hand!

We live in a culture of excess. That’s why garage sales are so great! But really how many pairs of cute jammies does an infant really need? Three? Four? Sweetpea has at least 10. And how many pairs of underwear do you need? I think I rotate between 4-5 pairs that I like but yet have 2-3 dozen in my drawer.

We really don’t need everything we have, so why do we want it? Maybe it’s because possession make us feel secure. I know that I feel better knowing we have 4 or more backup soothers hanging around the house even though Sweatpea can only ever uses one at a time. Or perhaps we or don’t value what they already have. My curtains are only 2 years old and already I want to replace them.

Pope Benedict in his message If you want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation calls us to live new live-styles:

“It is becoming more and more evident that the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our life-style and the prevailing models of consumption and production, which are often unsustainable from a social, environmental and even economic point of view. We can no longer do without a real change of outlook which will result in new life-styles, ‘in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments'”

How do you think this would change your life-style?

Backpacking in Italy a year ago with Hubby and Monkey. 
We fit all our belongings into a hiking pack and a small day pack. 
We were gone for 4 weeks and did laundry by hand every second day 🙂

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1 comment

Tanya June 5, 2010 - 2:52 pm

hmmmm…I can really relate here. About the sleepers. About the underwear even. I am/have been a sucker for a good deal-whether it's a 70% off sale, the clearance rack, or my own personal best/worst…the thrift stores. I can justify that having 3 (all girls) makes buying in volume necessary….but still, even then there comes a point of saturation. But still! To walk past that purple MEC fleece in Value Village for $3.99? Even when my daughter already has a green one she wears now, and a green one for next year….what about camping? or the fact that I have to wash it at least once a week…..hmm….must stop. This is easier said than done though 🙁


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